Alleged iPhone 5 USB Cable Confirms Miniature Port

With the iPhone 5 pre-orders opening up in a matter of weeks, another leak may confirm previous rumors regarding a smaller, miniature dock connector. Unless there is some sort of elaborate conspiracy going on between third party accessory makers, it's probably safe to say the new iPhone is coming with a smaller dock connector and a whole new set of accessories.

An alleged next-generation Apple USB connector cable appeared in a leaked photo yesterday. With rumors of a similarly shaped 16-pin port for the new iPhone, iPad and iPad mini, we may be looking at the future of Apple's unique USB cables. Since the cable appears to be longer than standard Apple cables, some have suggested this cable may be a third-party creation based on Apple's plans.

The connector on the cable definitely matches up with earlier leaked photos, detailing two sides with 8 pins each. While the exact benefits of the smaller connector are still unknown, some speculate it will clip into devices with a looser connection, presumably similar to the MagSafe connectors currently used in the company's MacBooks.

 

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  • Anonymous
    I can't believe Apple continues to use these proprietary ports for their iDevices instead of moving to standards like microUSB. Is the concept of charging royalties for every iPhone accessory so appealing that they'd sacrifice consumer convenience for it? Kinda goes against their purported philosophy of making everything easy to use for the end-user.
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  • jdog2pt0
    Yay :D More proprietary bullshit from Apple!

    Apple, contributing to the electronics industry since....uh....hm.....never.
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  • freggo
    idroidApple changing their connector is almost as stupid as Microsoft eliminating the start button,


    Changing the connector is expensive to the consumer as you have to buy new cables; or even new accessories. The missing Start button (dumb move) is just an inconvenience that some 3rd party will most likely fix with some -free- utility.
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  • Anonymous
    I can't believe Apple continues to use these proprietary ports for their iDevices instead of moving to standards like microUSB. Is the concept of charging royalties for every iPhone accessory so appealing that they'd sacrifice consumer convenience for it? Kinda goes against their purported philosophy of making everything easy to use for the end-user.
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  • idroid
    Apple changing their connector is almost as stupid as Microsoft eliminating the start button,
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  • jdog2pt0
    Yay :D More proprietary bullshit from Apple!

    Apple, contributing to the electronics industry since....uh....hm.....never.
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